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Trade Winds Forum—The Americas

April 25–30, 2010

São Paulo, Brazil

One of the most profitable and important regions in the world for U.S. exports is the Americas. In 2008, Canada and the countries in Central and South America imported more than $525 billion of U.S. merchandise, an increase of 11 percent over 2007. For companies new to exporting to the Americas, or those looking to tap into new export markets, the Trade Winds Forum, the signature event of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS), is the ideal launching point to expand into the region.

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São Paulo, Brazil skyline (photo © Ricardo Azoury/iStock)


This year’s event will be held in Brazil, a leading U.S. trade partner and one of the strongest economies in South America. U.S. commercial officers from 16 countries, representing 38 markets, will be participating. Those specialists will be available for private consultations with participating companies and for potential spin-off “Gold Key” matchmaking services offered by the USFCS. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about energy, World Cup, and Olympics opportunities during targeted programs in Rio de Janeiro.

The cost to participate in the event is $2,850, with a reduced rate of $1,950 for small and medium-sized enterprises that have fewer than 500 employees. The fee covers the Trade Winds business conference, prearranged consultations with senior commercial officers, prearranged business-to-business meetings with Brazilian businesses, and networking luncheons and receptions for one company representative.

Participants will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses, as well as some meals and incidentals. Applications must be received by January 25, 2010. For more information, visit the event’s Web site or contact Judy Kornfeld of the USFCS, tel.: (703) 235-0330; e-mail:; or Shannon Christenbury, tel.: (704) 333-4886; e-mail: